Mixed fortunes as Chichester students open sporting season

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The University of Chichester’s British University College Sport (BUCS) season started with a record 30 teams competing across the south.

The men’s football club’s five teams racked up three wins between them with the first team seeing off Canterbury Christchurch 2-0 at Bishop Otter, Will Holmes scoring the winner with an acrobatic scissor kick.

The netballers enjoyed three wins out of four, including two wins over Portsmouth’s first and second teams 46-26 and 28-26.

Inspired by club president Jacquelyn Jobey’s 38 points, the women’s basketball team secured an away 87-60 win over Westminster.

The men’s seconds won a thrilling match in overtime, eventually seeing off Reading II. The first team lost 88-56 to UCL.

The men’s hockey teams secured wins over Surrey and Portsmouth respectively, Nick Cope grabbing a hat-trick in the first team’s win.

The women’s first team played out a 5-5 thriller with Kent, with Charlotte Cox on her BUCS debut scoring two.

The men’s rugby sides had a day to forget: depleted by injuries the teams suffered losses to St Marys and Surrey.

The women secured a 10-8 victory over Oxford University in a pulsating encounter.

For BUCS results and tables go to www.bucs.org.uk

Later that evening the Zee Bar was turned pink in aid of breast cancer awareness, the event organised by the Sports Federation student committee. More than £750 was raised.